ASU’s online Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy teaches you how to think well, which in turn lays the foundation for personal and professional success. You will also learn how to structure arguments, write precisely and clearly and communicate ideas in an orderly, persuasive, and unambiguous way.

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Many philosophical texts are quite difficult, and ASU’s BA in Philosophy courses will teach you how to read, comprehend, and summarize conceptually difficult material. In short, studying philosophy trains you to be a better, clearer thinker.

Course work includes the major subfields of philosophy such as metaphysics, epistemology and ethics as well as electives that connect philosophy to other areas of inquiry and that emphasize the social relevance of philosophy. You will also be required to complete a senior capstone project, in which you will be able to select from the following topics: Rationalism, Empiricism, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Advanced Symbolic Logic, and Topics in Philosophy.

As a graduate from the Philosophy program, you will be well prepared for leadership roles in whatever path you take, whether it be in business, law, politics, medicine or education.

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Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

Graduates of the online philosophy program are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public service


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